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Second Dallas Hospital Receives Possible Ebola Patient!

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas received its first possible Ebola patient Thursday night, a hospital spokesperson confirmed today.

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Baylor spokesperson Craig Civale confirmed during a phone conversation at 8:21 a.m. Central, that a patient arrived at the hospital around 8:30 p.m. Central Thursday. After being brought into the facility through a private entrance and put into isolation, the patient was monitored for a few hours before being transferred to Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas.

Careful not to reveal anything about the patient’s identity, Civale emphasized the patient had only screened positive (i.e., reported risk factors and showed symptoms that could indicate an infection) for Ebola, but had not yet tested positive for the virus.

If further tests reveal an infection, this patient will become the fourth Dallas-area Ebola patient to date.  The list of others includes Nina Pham, who was transferred Thursday to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and Amber Vinson, who was transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta two days ago. Both women are Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas nurses who had been involved in the care of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberia native who was the first person in the United States to die from the virus.

Baylor UMCD is one of three Dallas area hospitals to have set up. Parkland Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Dallas are the other two, according to a Dallas News report ten days ago.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Stay tuned for updates if anything new develops.

UPDATE 10/17/2014 at 2:41 p.m. Central:  Baylor UMC_Dallas issued the statement below at 1:45 p.m. Central which pretty much repeats what Civela told me this morning:

Baylor Scott & White Health has not received any confirmed cases of Ebola.

A patient presented at Baylor University Medical Center Thursday evening reporting Ebola symptoms and indicated contact with someone with the disease. The patient was transferred within hours to Texas Health Presbyterian as directed by the Dallas County Health Department.

Upon arrival to Baylor University Medical Center, the patient entered the hospital through a private entrance. That entrance was then closed, and the patient was immediately isolated. While again, there is no confirmation this patient is infected with Ebola, we are following all CDC disease-containment guidelines.

UPDATE 10/17/2014 at 7:08 p.m. Central:  Boston.com reported at 6:45 p.m. tonight that the patient was released. Stay tuned for more updates as they develop.

See also: INSIDER: Ebola Fears Drive Patients From Dallas Hospital and Six Reasons to Panic.

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INSIDER: Ebola Fears Drive Patients From Dallas Hospital

UPDATE 10/23/2014 at 10:18 a.m. Central:  A CNBC report confirms what I shared almost two weeks ago. Among other things, the article points out a 21 percent drop in average daily patient occupancy and a 25 percent decrease in surgeries.

UPDATE 10/18/2014 at 5:59 a.m. Central:  In an article this morning, ABC News expanded on the news I shared eight days ago.

UPDATE 10/16/2014 at 8:32 a.m. Central:  My friend in Dallas tells me he observed a CDC representative at his place of employment (i.e., a major medical center in Dallas) “observing an in-service on one of the ICU units,” a possible indication they could be getting a patient soon. Same person said he’s “heard rumblings from Presby that nurses are threatening to walk out” after “being thrown under the bus” by CDC director and others.

The number of patients seeking care at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas on any given day has nosedived since Thomas Eric Duncan began receiving treatment after contracting the Ebola virus, according to an employee at the hospital. Following his death, many tough questions face this hospital and others as Ebola looms as a nightmarish threat.

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Two days ago, I spoke with a friend who works at a major medical center in Dallas, but NOT the hospital — known to locals as “Presby” — where Duncan sought treatment once, was mistakenly sent home, and later returned for before dying days later. My friend told me that a friend of his who DOES work at Presby shared the disturbing news about unwanted side effects of the hospital’s involvement with Ebola.

Specifically, that friend of a friend said the number of patients at Presby receiving care (a.k.a., the “census”) nosedived after news broke about Duncan being treated there for Ebola and, as a result, many employees — including nurses, nurse assistants, housekeepers and others — have had their shifts cancelled due to a shortage of patients.

In other words, people are choosing to go to other hospitals for care.

This morning, I called Presby’s public relations office to inquire about the hospital’s census numbers. Not surprisingly, no one answered and I had to leave a message asking for a return call. I do not anticipate a quick response — or any at all for that matter — as I suspect they have been flooded with media inquiries.

If what this friend of a friend insider claims is true, this news only adds to the hospital’s woes.

According to a Dallas Morning News report Oct. 2, Presby has lagged behind its peers on emergency room care and lost some federal funds the past three years because it had high discharge rates of patients who later had to return for treatment.

It will be interesting to see if, despite its best efforts to educate people about Ebola, Presby can survive. Likewise, it will be interesting to see what happens if it does not survive and other hospitals are forced to deal with Ebola and the fears people have about stepping inside a healthcare environment where Ebola-infected patient(s) have received treatment and/or died.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I will update this article if or when I receive a reply from the PR folks at Presby.

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Missouri Doctor Says ‘CDC IS LYING!’

A Missouri doctor wore head-to-toe protective gear as he walked through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this morning, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report. On his back were the handwritten words, “CDC IS LYING!”

Dr. Gil Mobley, described in the article as a microbiologist and emergency trauma physician from Springfield, Mo., was quoted as saying, “If they’re not lying, they are grossly incompetent,” and he’s not alone as public concern over Ebola in the United States grows following the announcement earlier this week that a Liberian man in Dallas tested positive for the deadly virus.

According to Mike Adams, author of a Natural News report published yesterday, all the disinformation being spread about Ebola by the U.S. government and the complicit mass media will unfortunately make the Ebola pandemic far worse. That’s because the public isn’t being told the truth about how Ebola spreads and how individuals can help prevent transmission of the disease.

Michael T. Osterholm, author of a piece that appeared in The New York Times three weeks ago, shared his belief that public officials don’t want to be accused of screaming “Fire!” in a crowded theater — as I’m sure some will accuse me of doing. But the risk is real, and until we consider it, the world will not be prepared to do what is necessary to end the epidemic. But what does he know as director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota? Forgive my sarcasm.

Pay attention, folks, and don’t be afraid to ask tough questions. Your life might depend on it.

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